Spokane, WA asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Washington

Q: So in Washington State, Spokane, Marijuana is legal, can cops still arrest you for having it? Even if your not driving?

Can Law Enforcement Officers arrest you for possession of Marijuana in a legalized state in a vehicle? Also implies if it's legally bought from a store or not.

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A: In Washington State, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, law enforcement officers generally cannot arrest individuals solely for the possession of marijuana within the legal limits. However, there are still regulations and restrictions in place. Possession limits, typically one ounce of usable marijuana for adults aged 21 and over, must be adhered to. Additionally, open container laws apply, so it's important to keep marijuana in its original packaging when in a vehicle. Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal, and officers can enforce DUI laws if they have reason to believe someone is impaired. It's crucial to be aware of and comply with the specific regulations surrounding marijuana use to avoid legal issues, even in states where it is legalized.

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